Did you know that March is Women's History Month? I decided to celebrate with a post featuring talented female designers. Follow the links below to their portfolio or view the slideshow to see a good mix of work. If you would like to see artwork inspiring my Examiner articles visit my Pinterest board.
Julia Rothman works from her studio in Brooklyn, NY creating stylized illustrations in the form of patterns, books, and products including pillows, mugs, and wearables. Her line quality and construction of objects leaves you with a free spirited mentality. Clients include Chronicle Books, Target, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Urban Outfitters, The Metropolitan Transit Authority, The Land of Nod, Kashi, Design*Sponge, Food and Wine, New York Magazine, Storey Publishing, and Victoria’s Secret.
Laura Smith has a good understanding of taking retro design and applying it to modern contexts . While her Illos pages show her retro vector graphics, there is a button underneath the Illos navigation to "See Laura's retro style" is a more exclusive showcase. Her client list includes Time Magazine, HBO, Major League Baseball, U.S. Postal Service, Capitol Records, Wrigley's, and more. Classic, colorful, and nostalgic, her illustrations show heavy inspiration from the Art Deco period. She has artwork in the collection of both London's Vicotria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in the collection of the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
Jessica Hische only graduated from art school in 2006, but she is a young designer with an impressive amount of work that emphasizes the art of typography. Her client list includes Penguin Books, The New York Times, Tiffany & Co., OXFAM America, McSweeney’s, American Express, Target, Victoria’s Secret, Chronicle Books, Nike, and Samsung. Her illustrative typography can be seen in her Penguin Drop Cap series. Her Daily Drop Cap series is also beautiful and she offers letterpress prints of some of her typography. A great attribute to her website is the resources page which has a long, but organized, list of links for web and type based dilemmas followed by another long, organized links of designers. On this page there are also product reviews for items needed for work and life. Hische continues to work out of San Francisco.
Kate Bingaman-Burt is a modern young designer with a modern, young style. Playful hand-drawn illustration and typography trademark her work. Clients include Hallmark, Poketo, Etsy, New York Times, Creative Mornings, Museum of Modern Art, Tattly, Vh1, Girl Scouts of America, Knock Knock, Gap, Madewell, Municipal Winemakers, Real Simple, Target, Expedia, Microsoft, Photojojo, Readymade Magazine, Princeton Architectural Press, Sasquatch Books, Nature's Path, and more. She currently produces work in Portland while also teaching design at Portland State University.
Kelli Anderson's collection of infographics and editorial design showcase the versatility of vector graphics and new ways to look at hierarchy. Along with infographics, her work includes web design, animation, photography, printmaking, and illustrated type. Her cheerful color pallete is a connecting thread throughout her portfolio. She considers her work experimental and experiential. Her work has been recognized and/or published by Gestalten, Uppercase magazine, Real Simple, Wired UK, New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix, The Atlantic, The Toronto Star, along with others.
Louise Fili has a special way of modernizing the old-fashioned. Her illustrations and hand-lettered type can be seen on a variety of brands from Aqua Forte to Williams-Sonoma to American Spoon. She has received several awards for her illustrations and has designed close to 2000 book covers. Fili's studio currently operates in New York City and her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Cooper Hewitt Museum, and the Biblioteque Nationale.
Marian Bantjes is known for her fabulous hand lettering and shows the power of a fine pen in a plugged-in world. She is also known for her detailed and lovingly precise vector art and her patterning and ornament designs. Clients include Saks Fifth Avenue, Penguin Books, Wallpaper*, The Guardian, WIRED, Stefan Sagmeister, Winterhouse (Bill Drenttel & Jessica Helfand), Maharam, Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, Random House, Print Magazine, GQ Italia, and The New York Times, among others from Europe, Australia and South America. Bantjes continues to work internationally from her base on a small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver.
Holly Gressley has a clean contemporary style and has done a fair amount of work for magazine publications including GQ, Newsweek, Dwell, Foam, Wall Street Journal, Jane, New York Times, and others. Her other works include infographics and illustration. Gressley works currently works in San Fransisco.
Celeste Prevost is another designer living in San Francisco. Her designs emphasize the power of simplistic vector illustrations combined with modern sensibility of color. The full-personality graphics translate very well for packaging, website design, logos and
Naomi Atkinson has made a name for herself with her innovative website design and construction, an area of design which is strongly considered male dominant. Her work is clean with a strong grasp on hierarchy for usability focused site design. Clients include Shire, Northumbrian Water, Bolton University, Design Jobs Board, Bostok & Pollitt, and Aedas She contines to accept freelance work from her base in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.